Navy carrier jets plan practice this week at Coupeville airfield

Peninsula Daily News

COUPEVILLE, Whidbey Island — Carrier landing practice for aircraft stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is scheduled at the Navy's Outlying Landing Field in Coupeville on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Tuesday training is scheduled for the late afternoon and night.

Thursday training is at night.

Friday operations are scheduled for the late morning to the early afternoon.

The Navy said those living in Coupeville, especially those near the airfield, should anticipate noise from the jets.

The noise has prompted complaints in the past from Coupeville residents.

In addition, the jets can often be heard across from Whidbey Island in Port Townsend — and as “booms” in other areas of Jefferson County and in eastern Clallam County.

The Navy releases flight schedules for OLF Coupeville weekly for community planning purposes.

Practice operations are driven by ”the fleet replacement squadron student training curriculum and pre-deployment carrier EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler squadron flight qualifications,” the Navy said.

They can also fluctuate due to weather, maintenance and operational requirements.

The Navy has provided a new comment form, available at After completing the “PDF fillable” form, email it to

Comments, including noise complaints, also can be made at 360-257-6665 or by emailing

All other questions can be directed to the base's public affairs office at 360-257-2286.

Last modified: May 03. 2014 7:08PM
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